Taking a Test or a Survey in Blackboard

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This KB Article References: Student Guide to Blackboard
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Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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To Take a Test in Blackboard:

  1. Click on the test title. Tests are accompanied by a pencil and paper icon.
  2. Click  to start the test.
  3. Answer the questions. If you have the option, click Save Answer after each question. This will save your progress in case you get kicked out of Blackboard mid-test.
  4. Click  when you have finished the test.
  5. A Pop-up will say - Assessment submission confirmation: Click cancel to return to the test. Click Ok to submit assessment.
  6. The next page will say your test has been saved and submitted. Click .
  7. The next page will give you feedback on how well you did. Your instructor can elect to show you:
    - Your grade.
    - The answers you selected.
    - The correct answers.
    - Written feedback.
    - All of the above, any combination of the above, or none of the above.
  8. If your test included essay, short answer or file response questions, you will see an exclamation point (!) instead of a grade in My Grades. These answers need to be reviewed and graded by your instructor before Blackboard can calculate your total score.

To Take a Survey in Blackboard:

  1. Click on the survey title. Surveys are accompanied by a clipboard icon.
  2. Click  to start the survey.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Click  when you have finished the survey.
  5. A Pop-up will say - Assessment submission confirmation: Click cancel to return to the test. Click Ok to submit assessment.
  6. You will then see a page saying your survey has been saved and submitted. Click .
  7. The next page will show you one or both of the following, depending on how your instructor set up the survey:
    - Completion status.
    - The answers you selected.
  8. When you go to My Grades, a checkmark will appear, indicating that you've completed the survey.

Help! I got kicked out of Blackboard by mistake and now I can't finish my test!

Depending on how your test or survey was set up, you may not be able to finish it if you unexpectedly exit Blackboard or lose your Internet connection.

To help prevent this from happening:

  • Use one of Blackboard's recommended browsers.
    • Firefox on both
    • Chrome on both
    • Safari on Mac
    • Edge on Windows
  • Do not upgrade to the latest version (beta or official release) of any browser before checking to see if it's compatible with Blackboard. The latest information on what browsers are best can be found on Blackboard's website.
  • Keep the number of programs running on your computer to a minimum.
  • Use a SINC Site computer if your personal computer has been problematic.

If this happens, contact your instructor immediately and let them know you were locked out of your test or survey. He or she can check Blackboard to verify that you were locked out, and then reset your test or survey attempt and let you start over.

NOTE: The decision to reset a test or survey attempt lies entirely with the instructor. They may do so at their discretion.

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